MOUNT VERNON — Not long after juror summons go out in the mail, jury commissioner Andrea Sellers finds herself reassuring a lot of potential jurors that the next four weeks of their lives do not belong to the court.
Sellers said the anxiety that comes with being notified of jury duty usually takes two forms: A belief that juror service means reporting daily for a month, and a fear of becoming hopelessly lost under a mountain of legal jargon.
“A lot of people are very nervous,” Sellers said. “They don’t understand the legal procedure or the terminology. They’re afraid they’re going to be put on the spot by the attorneys during vior dire.”